The Pre-school Mothers Anticipate

Connor goes to French school, second year.
Madison can draw a perfect horse.
Ethan sings and has a golden ear
(from me, of course).

Tim predicts the weather on a hunch.
Olivia’s seen Triumph of the Will.
Norris, after church and Sunday brunch,
picks up the bill.

Nicky uses words like “gaunt”and “strung”.
Philomena naps with jars of bees.
Terence vanishes, and we find hung
his toys in trees.

Annabelle writes pesticide, by choice
Carter’s learned to waken in a sweat;
Paula tells us, in a tiny voice,
“I’m not done yet.”


by Alexandra Oliver